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Taste Buds: Hank’s Place

Frog legs to smoked brisket, Powhatan bar/eatery has it all

September 15, 2011
By EMILY DOMINICI and SHAUNNA DUNDER , Times Leader

We're small but we got it all.

That is the opening statement on the web site of Hank's Place in Powhatan. And when they say they have it all, they aren't kidding. Just ask the folks looking for gator tail!

The Buds had somehow overlooked this Powhatan Point watering hole until, on a recent drive along Rt. 7, they noticed a Hank's Place billboard and decided to check it out.

The menu at Hank's is pretty extensive for a small, hometown bar. There are a plethora of appetizers, wings, soups and sandwiches, pizzas, salads, smoked dinners and seafood. Certainly, there is something to suit any person's tastes.

The appetizers include many standard bar foods such as fries, onion rings, fried mushrooms, cheese sticks, poppers, chicken tenders and nachos. Catching the Buds' attention was the fried breaded okra with horseradish sauce...yum! Patrons wanting to put away some wings can choose to have theirs flavored with one of a dozen different sauces ranging from hot to garlic, buffalo blue and sweet and sassy. The Buds noticed a plate of wings being delivered to another table and they looked and smelled de-lic-ious.

There were a few sandwiches that caught the Buds' attention as well such as the salmon burger and the Triple Decker - a BLT stacked on top of a ham, turkey and Swiss sandwich....wow! Now THAT sounds interesting!

Hank's Place also has some intriguing seafood options. A half pound of gator tail was one of the daily specials. The Buds debated this one for a while but utlimately weren't brave enough to explore this uncharted territory. Same goes for the frog legs.

After determining that the triple decker might be a little much for lunch that day, Bud Shaunna set her sites on the salads. Hank's offers the usual salad options: chicken, garden, cobb, taco and chef....but it was the BLT in a bowl that called her name.

This was an ingenious salad as it was exactly what it says it is-a BLT sandwich cut up in a bowl. Toasted bread, lettuce, tomatoes and bacon filled a huge bowl with so much food, Bud Shaunna swore there was more than one sandwich! She opted to have the mayo served on the side (it is usually mixed in with everything else). The salad was a reasonable $7.75 considering the portion, but an extra side of ranch dressing was an extra dollar. With fries at a $1.50 and a dollar for a pop, this meal was more than enough at a little over $10.

Having read on their site about the menu addition of meats prepared in their gas fired wood smoker, Bud Em decided to try it out. Smoked dinners include combinations of either one or two meats with side items and garlic bread. Meats to choose from are ribs, pork loin, beef brisket, chicken breast, shrimp and fish. Said Bud chose to go with chicken and shrimp with a mini-salad as the side for a total of $10.50.

The meal was pretty big. The chicken breast was very large and seasoned nicely. The smokey flavor really hit the spot. The shrimp were very big and there were plenty of them, however, Bud Em was not expecting them to be peel and eat, so she spent some extra time removing the shells. The mini-salad was small and simple, topped with cucumber, tomato and onion, and the garlic bread that accompanied the meal was yummy!

If you're looking for a quaint place with a large, diverse menu, or if you simply have a hankering for some gator tail, then it's worth your while to head on down to Hank's.

The Taste Buds may be reached at tastebuds@timesleaderonline.com.

 
 

 

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